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Amy Farnell Education Award

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Application Deadline: April 21st, 2022 (Thursday)



WHAT: Post-secondary award  

FOR WHOM: Full-time Nova Scotia students on the autism spectrum 

MAXIMUM AMOUNT: $3000 a year, renewable for up to four years 

MADE POSSIBLE BY: The Craig Foundation & Autism Nova Scotia 


In honour of Amy Farnell, long-time supporter and cherished friend, Autism Nova Scotia and the Craig Foundation are pleased to present the Amy Farnell Education Award(s) to eligible Nova Scotian students who identify as being on the autism spectrum, and who have been accepted into a full-time post-secondary program.  


Each year, the Craig Foundation will contribute $25,000 to the award with each individual award valued at up to $3,000 a year. Each award is renewable for the regular duration of the chosen program, to a maximum of four years. To renew, the student must be in good academic standing and remain enrolled full-time.  

The Award is administered by Autism Nova Scotia in partnership with the Craig Foundation and the Amy Farnell Awards Committee.   



To be considered for this award, applicants must: 

  • Be a resident of Nova Scotia. 
  • Identify as being on the autism spectrum 
  • Have been accepted to, or currently enrolled in, any post-secondary institution. 
  • Be registered to a course load that qualifies them as a full-time student. 
  • Be more likely to pursue post-secondary education with this extra financial support. 



To apply for this award, eligible applicants must: 

1. Complete the online Application Form (including essay section on Page 2) (Download Application Form)

2. Submit Application Form and Acceptance Letter from Educational Institution for the upcoming Academic Year OR confirmation of enrollment with program start date to:
3. Contact school to send official high school transcript or official post-secondary transcript to either or delivered to the address below:

Autism Nova Scotia 
5945 Spring Garden Road 
Halifax NSB3H 1Y4 
Att: Amy Farnell Award 


All applications due on April 21st, 2022
Should you have any questions regarding the application process or the Amy Farnell Award, please contact us at or call 902-446-4995. 


Although Amy Farnell trained as a nurse, family took her in another direction. While raising her children, she worked alongside her husband as together they built Farnell Packaging from a small company of two into a successful manufacturing business.  
In the midst of this, she found time to write poetry, paint, sculpt and share special times at Bethany United Church with Sunday School classes and youth groups. Dedicated to life-long learning, she pursued her interest in counselling at Atlantic School of Theology and explored other areas of interest through her studies at Mount Saint Vincent University.  
She was a successful leader, free-spirited and strong. At heart, she was an artistic soul with a spiritual orientation towards life and its mysteries. Most of all, she was a deeply caring and compassionate woman. 

Amy Farnell gave of herself for the benefit of others around her, helping, encouraging, and supporting so many during her lifetime. The Craig Foundation, in partnership with Autism Nova Scotia, recognize Amy Farnell’s extraordinary life and honour the enduring friendship and love shared between Amy Farnell and Autism Nova Scotia’s Founder, Joan Craig, and her son Robert Craig